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ROTC Scholarship Board Dates 2022-23

Students often ask when they should submit their ROTC scholarship applications.  The short answer is to submit a strong and application early enough to be competitive when there are still many scholarships available. For most students, that means they need to be ready to submit complete packages by the beginning of October.

In the sections below, I’ve listed most of the ROTC high school scholarship board dates for the 2022-23 academic year. These scholarships may also be called 2023-24 scholarships, because students would first use the awarded amounts in Fall 2023, or FY 23 scholarships, because they are awarded in the 2023 fiscal year for the federal government (which starts in October).

These dates are for high school scholarships for students graduating high school in the Class of 2023. Students in the Class of 2024 should expect ROTC scholarship applications to open in spring of their junior year. College students interested in ROTC scholarships should contact the staff of the ROTC units at their college or nearby colleges that have a crosstown agreement with their school.

How Do ROTC Scholarship Boards and Deadlines Work?

You definitely don’t want to miss the application deadlines. Usually, applications that are not complete when the application closes do not go before a review board at all. Some services allow interviews to occur after the scholarship deadline, as long as the interview is completed before the final board of review. Because ROTC scholarship applications are more complicated than the average college application, you should start early and work diligently through the process. Keep reading for info on deadlines and when you should submit your application.

Some services score each package submitted by the document deadline. Others, like Navy ROTC, review a set number of packages at each board. Usually, students who are offered scholarships will hear results 2-3 weeks after the end of a board. Applications for Space Force scholarships have a two part review process, so those notifications occur around 40 days after the review board. Notifications can be made by email, through the scholarship portal, or from the student’s recruiter. However, final turn down notification may not occur until after the final board for the selection cycle.

Army ROTC 4-Year Scholarship Board Dates

Army ROTC Scholarship Information

The application portal for the Army ROTC scholarship for high school student opens on June 12, 2022.

Deadline to Submit Documents for First BoardOctober 10, 2022
First Selection BoardOctober 12, 2022
Deadline to Submit Documents for Second BoardJanuary 16, 2023
Second Selection BoardJanuary 23, 2023
Last day to create an online application for 2022-23 High School ScholarshipsFebruary 4, 2023
Deadline to Submit Documents for Final Board (Missing Items)March 6, 2023
Final (Third) Selection BoardMarch 13, 2023
FY23 Army ROTC Scholarship Board Dates

Air Force & Space Force ROTC High School Scholarship Program (includes Space Force)Board Dates

Air Force ROTC Scholarship Information (Includes Space Force)

The application for the Air Force and Space Force scholarship for high school students opens on July 1, 2022. Board dates for this year are not public yet, but will likely be similar to last year’s dates. Be aware that the third board is only held as needed, so waiting until the last minute to complete your package might reduce your chances of earning a 4 year scholarship.

2022-23 High School Scholarship Application OpensJuly 1, 2022
Deadline to Submit Documents for First BoardTBD
First Selection Board (23HS01)TBD (est. mid October 2022)
Last Day to Submit Completed ApplicationJanuary 12, 2023
Deadline to Submit Documents for Second Board (Interviews)TBD
Second Selection Board (23HS02)TBD (est. mid January 2023)
Deadline to Submit Documents for Third Board (Interviews)TBD
Third Selection Board (23HS03) [Only convened if needed]TBD (est. mid March 2023)
FY23 Air Force ROTC HSSP Board Dates

Navy and Marine Corps ROTC Scholarship Information.

Marine Option boards are coordinated by each Marine Corps Recruiting District. Typically there is a board in in November and February. Board results are usually announced a month after the end of the board.

Students interested in becoming Marine Officers may also be interested in the Marine Corps Platoon Leader Class and Officer Candidate Course.

Navy and Marine Corps ROTC Scholarship Information

2022-23 Four Year Scholarship Application OpensApril 1, 2022
Last Day to Submit or Update ApplicationJanuary 31, 2023

The Navy holds frequent review boards for Navy Option and Navy Nursing applicants from September through late April. (See above for Marine Option board information.)

When to Submit ROTC Scholarship Applications

If the application opens in July and the first board is in October, submitting an application in August that was rushed and has a weak score on the fitness test doesn’t present a strong case. The board isn’t going to give a pass on a slow run time just because the student submitted their package early. On the other hand, don’t wait until the last minute. If the board receives strong applications on earlier boards, they may select fewer scholarships on the later boards or cancel them altogether. Note for example, that the third Air Force board will only convene if needed.  

In my experience, later applications reflect procrastination, not time spent working hard on improving the application. My general suggestion is to submit the application by October 1, unless you have an upward trend in grades and want to include first semester grades in the application or have a standardized test in scheduled for early fall.

ROTC scholarships can pay for tuition, fees, books, and a monthly stipend at a number of colleges around the US. Graduates commission as officers in the military. They have a military service obligation in return for the scholarship. If you have questions or need help, ask for it. This is one of my specialty areas at Admissions Decrypted.